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PHD. MBA. MHS. Type rated on A350, A330, B777, B747-400, B747-200, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration. Fighting for Aviation Safety and Airline Employee Advocacy. Safety Culture and SMS change agent.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fly on the Wings of Attitude

Monday Motivation:

Life is like a mirror... 
What you give to the world 
is the reflection of what comes back and 
becomes the essence of your life.  

The Women in Aviation Conference last week was fun, exhausting, and incredible all wrapped into one. I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who were striving for their dream jobs, while others were there to support, encourage and educate others reaching for the sky. Mostly I met people who were optimistic and hopeful.

Yet some were discouraged.  If you ever have a chance to attend one of these events, you will see the thousands of people vying for the same jobs. You, too, might feel discouraged. You don't have enough hours, you have too many hours, you are civilian, you took too long to get your degree, and when you were  22 you got a 2.5 GPA while you were working two jobs and attending college, and then 20 years later those grades haunt you.

If HR departments only looked closer at the why of those lower GPAs, and at those who took longer to earn a degree, they might be surprised and find the qualities that exemplify an outstanding pilot.  By investigating the reasons behind the grades and varied education path, companies would learn that these people rank high on perseverance, dedication, and commitment.

These are the people 
I would be proud to call Captain!

And then those regional pilots who have been flying for 9000 hours, dedicating their services to legacy carriers who are shunned because of their high hours. Those are the pilots that would bring tons of relevant experience to an airline.  So we can see how they are can be frustrated. 

The message today is... 

No matter where you are in the process... Do not give up! Carry yourself with optimism, know that your time will come! This is a not an if, but a when. But remember, while you wait for your time... The world will give back to you, what you put into it.

Live life with a positive attitude!

Create the attitude as if all your dreams were coming true and all your dreams will be yours! Besides... there are people out there working on your behalf. One voice at a time, we can make a difference!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene  


  1. Karlene, the only way to live life is with a positive attitude. I am glad that you were able to meet so many people during your time there and were able to share stories. I hope to read in detail about some of them in the future.

    Thank you for this Monday Motivation.. and I hope you have a great week!

    1. Jeremy, Thank you so much!!! Hard to believe the week is over and I'm just responding to day one. You have a great week too!


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